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Using Bright Colors in Your Home

Posted by Nolan Painting on October 19, 2017
interior of living room

Decorating with bright colors is often seen as a way to provide a burst of fun in the home. However, it’s important to understand the environment you want to create before painting with bright colors.

Here’s a look at some important factors to keep in mind before you buy bright paint colors for your home:

  • Emotion: Keep in mind that colors often say more than just the color itself. In fact, many colors can evoke strong emotions, which you’ll want to understand before you commit. For example, a true and deep red color in a room can make a visitor feel like he or she is fully encompassed by a room. Cool blues and grays are soothing colors that make for perfect fits in bedrooms, too. So, before you choose bright paint colors for bedrooms, make sure you fully understand the emotional impact.
  • Effect: Some believe a dark room creates a kind of black hole effect, shrinking a room in size. But that’s not always the case. Some dark or medium shades can make a room feel larger, while some lighter-but-warm colors like yellow and orange can draw the eye closer to the wall and make a room feel smaller. So, before you go bright thinking it’s going to enlarge a room, be sure you’re getting the effect you want. If not, consider painting an accent wall to add a pop of color.
  • Matching: Make sure your bright paint colors work well with the upholstery and décor present in the room. Often, you can use upholstery and décor to provide the burst of color you want, offsetting those bursts with more neutral walls. The converse can be true, too. You can provide the burst with paint, while then balancing with more neutral furniture and décor.
  • Certainty: You don’t want to make a mistake with a bright color. So, with that in mind, make sure you’re certain before you invest in the paint. Don’t just bring home small swatches and hold them up in the room. Bring home full samples and paint wide swaths on the walls. Let them sit and consider them fully before committing. The worst thing you can do is commit to a color and paint a room, only to realize you hate it or that it doesn’t work.

Call Nolan Painting Today

At Nolan Painting, we’ve been the painting experts for home and business owners in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties since 1979. When you’re wondering if bright colors will work in your home, or if you just need guidance in selecting the perfect shades, we’re just a phone call away.

Call us at (610) 572-2806 or fill out our online contact form today to learn more about using bright paint colors for your home or business.